Melancholy and Happiness

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Abstract

This paper explores how increasing focus on enhancing well-being in public policy and democratic debate often avoids more subtle and nuanced understandings of well-being which break from simplistic hedonistic accounts of happiness and well-being. The paper recommends a more multi-layered understanding of well-being being developed in policy public discourse, which explicitly recognises the experience of melancholy as an enhancer of well-being and, what is termed, ‘authentic happiness’. The ASPP conference is one of the major annual events on the calendar at the theoretical end of social justice/political philosophy debates, and so is an important chance to network with colleagues with the view to participating in collaborative research and funding bids.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMelancholy and Happiness
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2015
EventAssociation of Legal and Social Philosophy’s annual conference, University of Amsterdam. - University of Amsterdam
Duration: 15 Jul 201518 Jul 2015

Conference

ConferenceAssociation of Legal and Social Philosophy’s annual conference, University of Amsterdam.
Period15/07/1518/07/15

Keywords

  • philosophy
  • political philosophy

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